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|IRENE BAILEY 's portrait of Dr. Stephen Thomas was unveiled at his retirement ceremony as Dean of The College of Allied Health Sciences at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC on October 13, 2014.
06/2015||IRENE BAILEY 's painting "The World is My Oyster" is a finalist in the 24th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils by Oil Painters of America. Exhibiting May 1-25, 2015 at Cutter & Cutter Fine Art Brilliance in Color Gallery, St. Augustine, FL.
04/2015||JOHN SEIBELS WALKER Recently unveiled the official portraits of Nikki R. Haley, Governor of SC and former NC Supreme Court Chief Justice, Henry E. Frye. Soon to be unveiled: the official portrait of current SC Supreme Court Chief Justice, Jean H. Toal. 04/2015||MARY MINIFIE Mary Minifie's portrait of Massachusetts's retired Chief Justice Margaret Marshall was unveiled at the Adams Courthouse in Boston on April 10, 2010. It will hang in the Thorndike Library there. 04/2015||YING-HE LIU Ying-He Liu's official portrait of President Edward Ayers of University of Richmond was successfully unveiled on May 23 & 24, 2015. Her portrait of President Mordechai Rozanski of Rider University was successfully unveiled on May 16 & 17. 04/2015|
|CHRIS SAPER 's portrait, "William Whitaker: American Artist" was awarded "Best of Show" in the Portrait Artists of Arizona's 5th Annual Juried Competition. 03/2015||ROBERT FRANCIS WHELAN recently completed a portrait of Mother M. Angeline Teresa McCrory O. Carm (1893-1984) whose Cause for Sainthood is before the Vatican. 02/2015||BARBARA LEWIS will have 10 portraits at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA in Jan. Her portraits of Bucks County judges will be part of "A Judicial Legacy - Portraits from the Bucks County Court Collection" that includes 45 portraits over nearly 250 years. 02/2015||SUSAN BOONE DURKEE 's portrait of former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is now hanging in the collection of The United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago. 01/2015||CHRIS SAPER 's portrait,"Burton Silverman: American Artist" received a 5th Merit Award for the non-commissioned portrait category, Portrait Society of America. 01/2015|
|LEILA ASHTON painted a portrait of Senior Judge Lawrence Margolis that was recently unveiled in a ceremony at the United States Court of Federal Claims. 12/2014||SCOTT WALLACE JOHNSTON completed & unveiled official portraits of Judges Charles Breyer, Sandra Brown Armstrong & Susan Illston. He is currently painting the official portrait of Judge Claudia Wilken. 12/2014||TOM EDGERTON was commissioned by the U.S. Naval Academy to portray Vice Admiral Jeffrey Fowler & the late Admiral Charles Larson. He was also commissioned to portray Chief Judge Thomas Varlan for U.S. Eastern District Court of TN. 10/2014||SUSAN BOONE DURKEE 's portrait of "Jim Thorpe, The Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century" was accepted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It won the top Founders Award at the National Art Museum of Sport, Indianapolis, IN. 07/2014||TERRY GUYER 's Nikola Tesla bronze was accepted into the National Sculpture Society's 81st Annual Awards Exhibition.
"Between Guests, Tower of London" was a finalist in the Art Renewal Center 2013/2014 Salon. 05/2014|
|DANIEL MARK DUFFY is painting Tom Robertson, Dean of Wharton, Michael Gould, CEO of Bloomingdales & Jay Furman, Trustee, NYU Law School. 02/2014||IGOR BABAILOV The SSMAC Club of New York honored HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, with his portrait painting by Igor Babailov, Hon. RAA. 10/2013||SIMMIE KNOX 's portrait of former Mayor Mario Cuomo was unveiled Capitol's Hall of Governors in Albany, New York — see article in the New York Daily News. 08/2013||DAVID GOATLEY 's portraits of Heads of Havergal College & West Point Grey Academy, Chancellors of Simon Fraser University & U. of Saskatchewan & the President of the U. of Victoria were all unveiled recently. Currently on the easel is HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York. 07/2013||BETSY GOSHEFF SCIBLE 's official portrait of Honorable Jane R. Roth, Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit was unveiled at the Delaware Historical Society & the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, PA. 07/2013|
|NANCY MAUCK has been selected to paint the official portrait of current Virginia Governor, Robert F. McDonnell. 05/2013||LORYN BRAZIER unveiled her portraits of VA First Ladies Maureen McDonnell, wife of former Governor, Robert F. McDonnell & Katherine Godwin, wife of former Governor Mills Godwin. 05/2013||NANCY MAUCK unveiled her portraits of VA First Ladies Susan Allen, wife of former Govenor George Allen, & Lisa Collis Warner, wife of former Governor Mark Warner. 05/2013||ANN MANRY KENYON 's portrait of Bishop Greg Brewer, newly elected bishop of the Central Florida Diocese, was unveiled at a convention of over 500 bishops & priests in Winter Park, FL and will hang in the Great Hall at the Episcopal Cathedral in Orlando. 01/2013||SCOTT WALLACE JOHNSTON 's portrait of Judge James Ware, won a Honor Award in the recent (2012) PSOA Members Only competition in the commissioned portrait category. 01/2013|
|MICHELE RUSHWORTH 's portrait of Air Force Chief of Staff Norton Schwartz was unveiled at the Pentagon & her portrait of Washington State Gov. Christine Gregoire (her 9th official gubernatorial portrait) was unveiled at the State Capitol. 01/2013||TOM EDGERTON is painting Steven C. Preston, former Cabinet Secretary, for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, DC. 12/2012||NANETTE FLUHR was featured in American Artist's Workshop Magazine in an article on "Master Copy" p. 22-27. 10/2012||TONIA BANEY 's portrait of Senator Nakasone of Hawaii will be unveiled Oct 2012 at the new University Building where it will hang in the entry. 10/2012||JUNE BLACKSTOCK 's "Gentleman from Georgia, a Portrait of Judge Peagler and Friends" was accepted to the 84th Grand National Online Exhibition, American Artists Professional League showing through Dec 30. 10/2012|
|IGOR BABAILOV was commissioned to paint President Bush, President Putin, Rudolph Giuliani, the Pope and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. ||SIMMIE KNOX painted the official White House portraits of President Clinton & First Lady Hillary Clinton and was awarded the commission for Governor of Alabama. ||JOHN HOWARD SANDEN unveiled his official White House portraits of President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush at a White House ceremony June 2012. ||JIAWEI SHEN painted The Honorable John Howard former Prime Minister of Australia for the Australian Parliament House, Canberra in 2009. ||RONALD N. SHERR painted the official portrait of George H. W. Bush for the National Portrait Gallery & a double of him & George W. Bush for the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum. |
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